See Seven States at Rock City

by Pam on April 18, 2014

Lovers Leap

We received a family pass but all opinions are my own.

I grew up in a family who were not known for their traveling genes. My mom was content to stay at home and keep me there too.  I vowed I would travel more as an adult and have actively worked to meet that goal.  In the process I’ve shared fun destinations we’ve visited, but I realized I never showcased the attractions in our area. I decided to rectify this situation immediately, beginning with a tour of Rock City, located on Lookout Mountain, only a few minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Boasting the claim of “see seven states” from Lover’s Leap,  Rock City opened to the public in 1932.  The brainchild of Garnet and Frieda Chandler,  they enticed visitors with paths wound through rock gardens,  strown with wildflowers and other plants, along with gnomes imported from Germany.
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red velvet cream filled dirt cake cupcakes
I have fond memories of the eighties, just ask my kids! I listen to the eighties channel when we are in the car and sing along to the lyrics.  As I was belting out a song recently, my teenage son said, “It’s sad you can remember every song from the eighties, the artist that sings it and the album it comes from, but you can’t remember where you put your car keys.”  This was followed by some threats of having him walk home, along with a couple of eighties expressions like, Gag me with a spoon.  You wouldn’t believe how difficult that sentence is to work into conversation!  This month, while we are celebrating an eighties throwback, I tried to remember some of the best recipes of the decade. The first thing that popped into my mind was Dirt Cake, followed by Red Velvet Cake. I decided to give these two classics a twist by combining them into cupcakes. Add some cream filling to the mix and I scored a homerun in the baking department. Here’s how to make them:
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Rio

Rio received a Spaw Day from PetSmart to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own.

I had never been jealous of our dog, Rio, until he was offered the chance to try out  a Spaw day and #PetExpressions treatment at PetSmart. Even the kids were a small amount jealous of this. “Rio gets to go to the spaw?” they asked. When the day arrived we packed Rio into the car and drove him to our local PetSmart, which has a grooming service located conveniently at the front of the building.  We arrived a few minutes early and the kids rushed over to look at the cats available for adoption while Rio sniffed at the nearby aisle of treats.
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I  received Nutrish food  from Rachel Ray  and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this incentive. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Sassie

In our B.C. life (before cats), I imagined them to be aloof creatures, standoffish, and never deeming humans of being worthy of their presence.  I was completely, utterly wrong.  We have three cats, plus a foster cat, and all of them have their own unique “purrsonalities.”
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Daffodil Topairy
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions are my own.

Spring is finally in the air in the South.  The daffodils that didn’t get smushed when we began our patio remodel are blooming and the birds are chirping.  It’s time to think of spring entertaining! I’m all for having cutesy centerpieces for my table, but honestly, I like them to come together quickly and not cost a lot of money.  This centerpiece was easy to make and took around ten minutes to make. Plus it gave me an excuse to have something to do with my smushed daffodils.  Here’s what you need to make it:
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